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      STRATHMERE WITH A TWIST
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STORY BY JOHN H.WEST III  -  PHOTOGRAPHY BY CHRIS POH
Imagine a water-front tavern at the Jersey shore serving beer and drinks to local fishermen, watermen and the occasional lost tourist.  Then imagine the sea takes over the tavern encasing it in salt water, sand and sea grass.  But instead of destroying the old tavern it is preserved by the sea in the exact same condition as it existed in the 1930's and 40's.  It waits decades for the arrival of a new generation of beach goers and locals who will have the opportunity to enjoy this well kept secret jewel of a tavern.  Then the new millennium arrives, and as if the sea has decided to give us back this gem, Twisties reopens but looks exactly as did fifty years ago.


Twisties as seen in American Public House Review
TWISTIES, THE RE-EMERGENT SEASIDE PUB


During its period of preservation, dozens of pairs of eyes inside the tavern kept a diligent watch over the well being of the old bay side ramshackle building.  However, the seeing eyes do not belong to humans but rather a very special breed of painted coconut heads.  Yes, I said that - coconuts with heads painted on them!  The entire tavern has a shelf on every wall filled with various old painted coconut heads.  Peculiar yes, but also quite fitting for this very special place.  It seems that an owner from many, many years prior had a fondness for coconut head decor.  The present owners, the Riordens, have wisely decided to co-exist with these keepers of the tavern.


Twisties boat visitors as seen in American Public House Review
CELEBRATE YOUR DAY'S CATCH


Twisties coconut heads as seen in American Public House Review
ENIGMATIC COCONUT HEADS

You will agree that once visited, Twisties is Tahiti meets Key West, then transported to a beautiful spot in of all places, South Jersey, facing the western skies overlooking the back bay between Corsons Inlet and Townsends Inlet.  It is not one of those places that tries mightily to create a nautical feel, Twisties is naturally part of the back bay or "in the back" as locals refer to it and as opposed to "out front" which is a block over the ocean.  As you enjoy your drink, the bay waters lap at the floorboards under your feet.


Twisties bar as seeb in American Public House Review
ALMOST TIME FOR A SUNSET TOAST


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Beneath the shelved coconut heads is a classic old bar which faces the bay and marsh.  As you sit at the bar, you are eye level with the windows behind the bar that give the patron a panoramic view of bay, marsh and the old Strathmere bridge.  Even those of us that are hardened and rough edged cannot help but to be incredibly impressed every evening as the sun sets over the bay and marsh.  The bar often quiets, even when busy, to watch this spectacular display of natures beauty.  The sunsets never disappoint.

Twisties, for decades, would open one weekend a year.  Usually Memorial Day weekend, so that their liquor license would remain active.  The small porch over the bay waters and the docks out back are the only features that have been updated.  Loyalists of Twisties arrive by all means of transportation, boat, car, bike, walk and even an occasional swimmer stops in for a draft.  Rich or not so wealthy, local or visitor, all who visit Twisties find a welcoming, comfortable and very inviting tavern to spend some time.

Visitors will also be greatly impressed with the fine food served in Twisties.  Chefs that create great food in Twisties kitchen do not take a backseat to their counterparts who work in fine dining restaurants in casino restaurants 20 miles to the north in Atlantic City.  The food served in Twisties is among the best casual dining you will find anywhere.

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Troegs The Mad Elf Ale as seen in American Public House Review


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Twisties enigmatic coconut heads as seen in American Public House Review
WHY ARE THEY SMILING?


Remember what happens in Twisties stays in Twisties because coconut heads cannot talk, or do they?
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